Studio Teachers


Eric Kuehner  has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Valparaiso University and played bassoon and contrabassoon in the South Bend Symphony from 1980-2019. He has played bassoon for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra in Saint Joseph, Michigan, the Elkhart Symphony and the LaPorte Symphony in Indiana. He is the bassoon instructor for the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, Indiana University South Bend and Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and also teaches privately.  coaches bassoon for the South Bend Youth Symphony orchestras. He has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Valparaiso University and played bassoon and contrabassoon in the South Bend Symphony from 1980-2019. He has played bassoon for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra in Saint Joseph, Michigan, the Elkhart Symphony and the LaPorte Symphony in Indiana. In addition to Goshen College, he is the bassoon instructor for the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, Indiana University South Bend and Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Kuehner also coaches bassoon for the South Bend Youth Symphony orchestras.


David Machavariani was born in 1962 in the Republic of Georgia. He continued his studies at the Tbilisi State Conservatory under the tutelage of Eldar Isakadze and Tamara Gabarashvili (both pupils of Mstislav Rostropovich) and earned his master’s degree with highest distinction. In 1992, by invitation of Indiana University at South Bend, David came to the United States and earned his master’s degree and artist diploma. Currently he is an assistant principal in the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and Columbia (Mo.) Festival Chamber Orchestra, and also teaches at Goshen College, Indiana University South Bend, and Valparaiso University.


Ted Hogarth attended the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts, did undergraduate studies at Arizona State University and Northeastern Illinois University, and received a Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition with Distinction from DePaul University. He is a well- respected performer, educator, composer, and arranger. He has recorded with many world-class jazz artists including Phil Woods and Slide Hampton and has performed with a wide array of musicians including Wayne Newton and Frankie Valli. Ted also toured with the Broadway musicals Jersey Boys and A Bronx Tale playing multiple woodwinds.

He has released three recordings as a leader and is on at least a dozen recordings by various artists. His most recent release is The Mulligan Mosaics Big Band, Live at the Jazz Showcase. Other recordings as a leader; Misconception, released under the Italian recording label Wide Sound, and available through, is a collection of original compositions with his sextet THC; Steps Taken was inspired by his trip to Cuba in 2000 where he studied at Centro Nacional de Escuelas de Arte with Orlando Sanchez and other master Cuban musicians.
Ted is the founder and leader of The Mulligan Mosaics Big Band as well as being a member of Jeru, Under The Streetlamp, Angela Ingersoll’s Judy Garland Project, and various small jazz groups. Ted was named a Rising Star on baritone saxophone by DownBeat magazine in its 60th, 61st, 65th, and 69th Annual Critics Poll.


Ryan Olivier (b. 1985), who grew up in the southern United States, is a composer and multimedia artist. Over the years he has been fortunate to work with talented performers such as the Relâche Ensemble, the Euclid Quartet, Ensemble Concept/21, and the Cygnus Ensemble who have performed his works across the United States. In addition to his concert works, his various interests have led him to work with a wide array of media including electronics, video, and dance. These works have been featured at Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) National and Regional Conferences, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference, the International Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology (WOCMAT) in Taiwan, the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in the United Kingdom, and the Punto y Raya Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Ryan is an Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana University South Bend, where he directs the electronic ensemble, the Audio-Visual Collective, and teaches courses in music composition, music theory, and music technology. Previously Ryan taught at Temple University and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Ryan holds a bachelors degree in music composition from Loyola University New Orleans as well as a doctorate from Temple University.


Aleksandra Kemble came to the U.S. in 2002. She studied at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw,  Poland where she obtained her Master’s degree in flute performance and continued her studies in the United States receiving both “Artist” and “Performer” Diplomas from Indiana University.

Mrs. Kemble expanded her musical knowledge and experience through attending master classes throughout Europe (Austria, Holland, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia) and is now the principal flutist with the Elkhart Symphony. She has also appeared regularly with the Southwest Michigan Symphony, LaPorte Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Lakes, Kalamazoo Philharmonia and had been frequently invited to play at the Round Barn Theater in Nappanee, Indiana.

Aleksandra Kemble received her Suzuki training and certification in “Every Child Can”, a course on the Suzuki philosophy and its application to education and Suzuki teaching, from the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area in Virginia in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and is now certified a Suzuki teacher.


Ramona Kim, a native of southwest Michigan, began her study of the harp at the early age of 7. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Azusa Pacific University in southern California and a Master of Music degree with an emphasis in harp performance from Indiana University South Bend where she studied with Suzann Davids. Ramona also attended the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden (Maine), for intensive study with Alice Chalifoux, former Cleveland Symphony principal harpist. In addition to teaching in her home studio, Ramona is the adjunct professor of harp at Goshen College and Bethel College. She also is the principal harpist for Elkhart Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Lakes in Warsaw, and plays periodically with South Bend Symphony Orchestra.


Erin Yoder is a native of Goshen, Indiana, where she attended Goshen College and earned degrees in both music performance and biology.  In addition, she graduated from Northwestern University with a master of music performance in horn.  Erin has studied with David Mosley, Bruce Heim, Barry Benjamin, and Arnold Jacobs.  She taught applied horn lessons at both Bethel College and Goshen College, and played principal horn in the Maple City Chamber Orchestra.  Erin is currently studying at Indiana University with Myron Bloom (modern horn), Richard Seraphinoff (natural horn), and working toward a doctorate in brass pedagogy.


James Richardson is a Goshen-based organist and church musician. He is Director of Sacred Music and Organist at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Goshen, Indiana where he serves as choir master, organist, cantor, as well as part-time music teacher for elementary music K-5 at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic School. His duties include coordinating cantering schedules, musical programming & arranging, providing music at 5 weekly masses, and rehearsing the adult choir. He is adjunct instructor of organ at Goshen College. Richardson has a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.M. in Music from DePauw University.


Ana Yoder Coulter is a piano teacher and collaborative pianist in Northern Indiana. She has over a decade of experience teaching students of all ages both group and individual lessons, in both private studio and university settings. Ana operates a private piano studio out of her home in Goshen, and is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association and its local chapter, the South Bend Area MTA. She teaches applied piano and serves as a pianist in the Music Department at Goshen College, and also works as a freelance collaborative pianist.

Ana completed her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano at Bowling Green State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Music (piano pedagogy) at Goshen College. In recent years, Ana has worked as a collaborative pianist at Interlochen Center for the Arts during their Summer Arts Camp, at Toledo Opera for their Children’s Opera Summer Camp, and as a piano instructor at The Studio Connection in Bowling Green, Ohio. From August 2013 to July 2018, she was employed as adjunct professor of music and staff accompanist at Bluffton University where she enjoyed accompanying and touring with the choirs, teaching applied piano lessons, and accompanying music students’ lessons and recitals.


Micah Detweiler is a sought after teacher and performer based in Northern Indiana. He has taught at Northridge High School and Middle School, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Goshen College.

As a performer Micah has shared the stage with Third Coast Percussion, appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion”, and played a solo concerto with the Goshen College Orchestra. Garrison Keillor described his playing as, “An astonishing beautiful musical event. Everything. All of it. Mesmerizing and elegant.” He has performed in masterclasses with Leigh Howard Stevens, Svet Stoyanov, and composer Elliot Cole.

Micah is a graduate of Goshen College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His principal teachers were Dr. Anthony DiSanza, and Dr. Christopher Fashun, with additional world percussion study with Thomas Ross and Todd Hammes. Micah has also spent four summers studying and instructing with Leigh Howard Stevens at the Indiana LHS Marimba Seminar.

String Bass

Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kyle Pitcher studied at Western Michigan University where he received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He is an active performer as a double bassist, and currently teaches private double bass lessons. Kyle is the 5th/6th grade Orchestra Director for Goshen Community Schools, as well as an Assistant Director for the 7th grade, 8th grade, and high school orchestras. Kyle is an active member of the American String Teacher’s Association and the International Society of Bassists.

Symphony Orchestra

Brian Mast, MM, has been a conductor, music educator and arts administrator in Elkhart County for over 20 years. In addition to his role as Executive Director of the Goshen College Music Center, he is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Goshen College where he conducts the GC Symphony Orchestra. As a music educator, Brian has held teaching positions at Bethany Christian Schools, Goshen High School and Concord High School.  Additionally, he served as interim conductor of the Goshen College Orchestra and Brass ensemble for the 2007-2008 season. As a community arts advocate, Brian has served on the board of Goshen Theater, Inc., and has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Maple City Chamber Orchestra since 2002. Brian holds a BA in Music and Education from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, and an MM in orchestral conducting from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, where he served as the assistant conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and founded the University Chamber Strings. Brian has studied conducting with Bruce Uchimura, James Bass, and Michael Esselstrom. He lives in Goshen with his wife, Cheryl, and their three children, Mackenzie, Tristan and Tobias, and Sketch, the dog.


Akira Murotani is a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic trumpet section. He has also performed with the Grand Rapids, South Bend, and Muncie Symphonies and Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra and was a member of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy. Murotani holds DMA and MM degrees from SUNY-Stony Brook, and BM from Luther College, Saskatchewan, Canada. Murotani has studied with Chris Gekker, William Vacchiano, Ramon Parcells, William Scarlet, Ron Anderson, and Ed Lewis. In addition to classical training, Murotani is a jazz enthusiast. He has performed in New York’s well-known jazz club, the Knitting Factory, as well as other venues in the metropolitan New York area and Long Island.


After receiving his Master’s Degree in Tuba Performance from Ohio University, Roger Lewis won the Fellow of Tuba position with the prestigious Tanglewood Music Festival in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.  After teaching at the Bay View Summer Music Festival, the next step was to begin Doctoral studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where he also won the Principal Tuba position with the Evansville Philharmonic where he played for 3 seasons.  Currently Roger is Principal Tuba with the Whiting Park Festival Orchestra, The North American Brass Company brass quintet, The Quintessence Chamber Brass and has worked as a substitute with The Boston “Pops”, The Southwest Michigan Symphony, The Detroit Symphony, The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, The South Bend Symphony, The La Porte (Ind.) Symphony and the Elkhart Symphony (having held the Principal Tuba position for 12 years). Roger has studied with Walter Sear, Joseph Novotny, Toby Hanks, Robert D. Smith, Harvey Phillips and Arnold Jacobs.


Rosalyn Troiano teaches applied viola for the Goshen College Music Department.  Rosalyn holds DMA and MM degrees from the Eastman School of Music where she served as teaching assistant for viola professor, George Taylor.  Additional studies in early music include Baroque viola performance with Jane Starkman and chamber music with Kenneth Slowik at the Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin (Ohio).  Rosalyn is the String Director of the Goshen College Community School of the Arts, teaching Suzuki and traditional violin and viola students since 2004.


Sandy Hill, coloratura soprano, holds a music education degree from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and a master of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Before moving to Goshen, Sandy was artist/instructor of voice at the Wausau Conservatory of Music in Wausau (Wisc.)  and taught private voice in Austin Texas. Sandy Hill’s pedagogy emphasizes the importance of vocal technique, the theatrics and staging of songs, a wide variety of repertoire, and a positive and contagious enthusiasm for musical excellence. Her students have competed and won various vocal competitions including ISSMA, NATS, Kalamazoo Bach Festival, and the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition. Sandy also directs Shout for Joy choir for grades 6-8, and teaches voice in the Goshen College Community School of the Arts.

Rebecca Dengler Kaufman is a graduate of Goshen College and received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. While attending UNC Rebecca appeared onstage as Cherubino inLe Nozze di Figaro and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. She also received 1st place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in the Colorado/Wyoming chapter. After attending UNC Rebecca taught in the music department at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado while performing throughout the Denver Metro area. In Denver, Rebecca was a regular soloist at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral as well as performing in the Opera Colorado chorus. She has appeared as soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Copland’s In the Beginning, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Handel’s Messiah. Currently, Rebecca helps many young Elkhart County students find joy and confidence in singing through vocal instruction. She performs with the Saint Joseph Valley Camerata as well as finding opportunities to serve as soloist in the Michiana area in the midst of raising her three beautiful children.